Cubs vs. Angels: Hamels vs. Skaggs (Game 13)

CHC (4-8): LHP Cole Hamels (1-0)

LAA (7-6): LHP Tyler Skaggs (1-1)

First pitch 1:20pmCDT

The Cubs take on the Angels in a weekday matinee attended, presumably, by truants and the unemployed. There’s no rain in the forecast for these rapscallions.

The Angels come into town in third pace, shocked by Seattle’s hot start (13-2). What remains of future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols gets the start at 1B. Mike Trout is out with a groin injury, unfortunately for fans and fortunately for Cubs’ pitchers.

Cole Hamels takes the mound for his third start of 2019. Three walks issued in the latter start have been the difference between good and bad. He’s defied his age so far with the Cubs, looking like an ace at times and maintaining his velocity surprisingly well for someone beginning his 14th major-league season. The Cubs have returned to normalcy lately, and Hamels needs to keep that going. Jonathan Lucroy is 8-21 against him with 2 HR (1.242 OPS). Simmons is 5-35 against the lefty.

Tyler Skaggs made a career high 24 starts in 2018 and is in search of his first MLB season not limited by injury. Every Cub but Rizzo (0-3) will be facing him for the first time. Lineups are already posted, and Heyward takes the day off while Schwarber gets a start in the 8-spot against the lefty. Zagunis gets a rare start.

Caratini, one of last night’s offensive heroes, is going to hit the IL with an injury to his left hand.

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amora/bryant/rizzo/baez/contreras/bote/zag(RF)/schwarber/ham

t.davis called up.  caratini left hamate fracture confirmed.

Caratini surgery is Monday.

Almora had the same injury when he was in the minors and was back in 4-5 weeks. The surgery excises the broken fragment as it’s too small to heal with any fixation such as a screw, plus the results are good with no long term residual with excision. The fragment that breaks is called the hook of the hamate.

welcome to wrigley field t.skaggs.

we're on day/game 2 of some mic on the cubs broadcast playing a constant buzzing noise somewhat lightly in the background.

c'mon guys...fix your stuff.  it sounds like a field of cicadas.

sweet..returned from break with the issue resolved (for now)

Toy Story Infinity starring Buzz Lightly? On a Sinclair channel coming to you next year.

ha.

last night i was worried my TV was on it's way out until i checked twitter and saw others were sharing my misery.  today i was at work with earbuds in and it was especially annoying.

cubs win!

these last 2 games have been good for the soul.

Baseball is a lot more fun when the rotation performs. Really nice to see 10 groundball outs and 0 walks from Hamels. More of that.

Alburt Pujols's wraith can still hit dingers, if anyone was wondering.

As harsh and prolonged as his decline with the Angels has been, I will never stop being impressed with what a tremenouds hitter he was in his prime.

he's got 2 more seasons after this one unless he's cut.  it doesn't seem like he's ready to take his broken down body home without being forced to do so.

he should catch/pass mays (5th) on the career HR list, but arod (4th) will probably be out of reach.

great piece headlining mlb.com most of today...it's worth a read if you have some time to spare.

"They had 1 career AB, 1 career hit. Nothing else."

https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-ultimate-one-hit-wonders

....includes ex-cub roe skidmore (1970) who sinlged in his one and only MLB plate appearance.  they have fake/mock baseball cards for the 5 players they profile, but it's worth mentioning to those that care about baseball cards that roe skidmore does have a legit 1971 topps card.

Interesting and a good read.

eloy hit his 1st MLB homer tonight @NYY...and his 2nd...

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  • crunch 1 hour 26 min ago (view)

    "MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports former player David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "appear to be the frontrunners" for the Cubs' managerial opening."

    espada's had 2 interviews.  for a guy who's actively at his "other job," having a 2nd interview seems like both sides want to make this work.  SF and PIT are also supposedly interested in espada.

     

  • JustSayin' 2 hours 51 min ago (view)

     That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter.  MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent.  They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players.  In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted.  For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col

     

  • Hagsag 3 hours 16 min ago (view)

    Thanks Mr. Phil.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 hours 18 min ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll. 

     

  • crunch 4 hours 43 min ago (view)

    The discussions on this matter have been quite varried.  There seems to be a lot of pressure connected to this on minor league team owners who haven't upgraded their facilities/park in a while or who lag in quality compared to their competitors.

    It seems like this would not only cause some teams to fold, but some radical redistribution of existing teams/cities into new minor league levels rather than just pruning some teams over others.

     

  • Hagsag 16 hours 56 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, what are your thoughts on the discussion to eliminate 42 low minor league teams in 2021? What would this do to the Dominican League? Thanks.

     

  • crunch 23 hours 47 sec ago (view)

    yanks/astros game 6 was a f'n classic.  wow.

    altuve continues to build his astros legend.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Thanks for this. I agree they’ll probably take their chances in the Rule 5 if he will resign, though I really wouldn’t mind adding him back to the 40 man. I feel like he has a good chance to be effective out of the bullpen. 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    I hope Sagara doesn’t end up leaving because of the shakeup. The Athletic did report that his position might be eliminated but that he should be offered another role in the organization somewhere. All I know is Sagara’s name came up frequently in connection with the pitch lab, and he was credited for improvements with Ryan, Wick, and Wieck. Maybe he’ll end up focusing more specifically in that role helping guys tweak things in the lab. 

     

  • JustSayin' 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Does anyone have insight into the new management hires and musical chairs the Cubs announced yesterday?  Craig Breslow might be the only guy out there with extensive MLB experience AND the grey matter to challenge any quant not making sense. His role intrigues me but are they going to give him real responsibility to clear out the deadwood (including the existing minor league coordinator who was never good enough to be the pitchers he's coaching?)  Or, is this a superficial change aimed at keeping ownership off Theo's back? 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: I think the Cubs want to retain Oscar de la Cruz post-2019, just not on the MLB 40-man roster.

     

  • Charlie 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Who are you all rooting for in the World Series? I'm rooting for the Nats to face and defeat Houston, I think, but with very mild interest. Let them get that championship out of the way and then maybe go the way of the post-2016 Cubs.

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil, what do you think the Cubs will do with Oscar de la Cruz if they don’t add him back to the 40 man? Can they try to re-sign him but wait until after the Rule 5 to make it official? Do you think they will try to keep him in the organization in some fashion? 

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Angels also make sense as a destination for Kris Bryant. 

     

  • azbobbop 3 days 22 hours ago (view)

    I wonder if Maddon will take any of the coaches with him.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 46 min ago (view)

    I doubt that Maddon would have taken the job if the Angels aren't fully prepared to sign one or maybe even two FA TOR SP (like Gerrit Cole and/or Stephen Strasburg if he opts out). 

    When you have the best player in MLB and now the highest-paid manager, not making the playoffs again in 2020 just can't be acceptable.